For years people have chosen chemical peels as a way to rejuvenate their skin because of their powerful ability to reduce fine lines and other signs of aging. Despite their popularity, they have not always been available for all skin types. For many years, patients with darker skin tones were told to avoid chemical peels. That is until the VI Peel hit the market.
Chemical peels improve the appearance of the skin using a chemical solution applied to the skin that causes the skin to exfoliate and peel off.
“The skin blisters and peels like it would in response to a sunburn,” said Dr. Bill Johnson, M.D. Johnson, a cosmetic physician with offices in Dallas and Frisco, Texas, and an expert in skin aesthetic and rejuvenating treatments. “The difference is the sun is not exposed to harmful UV rays, and there is also no chance that skin’s pigment is impacted and won’t be uneven after treatment.”
Chemical peels remove the outer layers of the skin that have become dull or polluted over time from makeup, debris or environmental pollutants. The process reveals new skin and a fresh appearance. This new skin soft and supple and patients look and feel great.
Johnson uses the VI Peel in his clinic, Innovations Medspa, which is the first peel designed specifically for patients with darker complexions. It contains salicylic acid and Retin-A, a derivative of vitamin A that is used in many skin treatments, as well as acne therapies. The combination of these two powerful components allows the chemical solution to not only effectively penetrate down through the outer skin layers; it also soothes the skin simultaneously.
“This is unlike many chemical peels that do not provide soothing benefits,” Johnson said.
The soothing skin benefits help patients heal faster and have great results.
The VI Peel is performed under medical supervision during an office visit and without anesthesia. The procedure takes only about 30-45 minutes. Before the chemical solution is applied, the skin is thoroughly cleaned and prepped. After the procedure, the patient is sent home with aftercare instructions while the peel’s exfoliation process occurs. Patients should expect mild redness, and then the skin will peel and slough away.
“Most patients see major improvements in texture and pigmentation after about seven days when new skin is revealed,” Johnson said.
This new skin is sensitive and should be treated delicately. Patients should avoid wearing makeup immediately after the procedure, and take care to use sunscreen. “Patients should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30,” says Johnson. He also cautions that patients who have their peels in the fall and winter should also wear sunscreen.
Patients with acne scars or major pigmentation issues usually require several treatments, typically performed about a month apart.
“Two to three treatments will yield great results for patients,” Johnson said.
The VI Peel has also been successful in treating patients with sunspots and melasma. Sunspots, also often referred to as age spots or lentigines, are caused by the uneven production of melanin after prolonged and regular sun exposure. Sunspots typically appear on the face, neck, arms and hands, but can occur anywhere that is exposed to the sun.
Melasma is a common condition in which brown patches appear on the face, neck or arms. Melasma is also caused by prolonged and frequent exposure to the sun, but hormonal changes and the use of some cosmetics also cause the condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women have a higher risk of developing melasma than men. The VI Peel significantly improves the appearance of melasma, and results are excellent for patients who combine the peel with other precautions like avoiding prolonged sun exposure, wearing sunblock and wide-brimmed hats to protect the face.